Church people can be the WORST
Someone recently asked me if I’ve ever gone through a period where I doubted my faith. I told them that “No, I’ve never doubted God, but I have doubted and questioned the church a few times”. For some reason those who claim to follow God are some of the worst people I’ve ever met. I’ve met many a person in the church that made me not want to associate myself with church at all. When I’m talking to someone who isn’t in the church and has no desire to visit one, I honestly can’t blame them at all. I work at a church and there are times I don’t want to show up because of the way the people there act. It is completely pathetic! How pathetic you wonder…well I’ll tell you.
My dad is a Senior Pastor. Over Christmas my mom was diagnosed with Lymphoma and has been going through chemo treatment the past few months. Last night my mom and dad were at the hospital as my mom received another treatment of chemo when my dad receives a call. It is one of the elders of the church who proceeds to tell my dad that they had a meeting while he was gone to the hospital with my mom and they don’t feel like he is a good fit (really means you aren’t doing what we want you to do, but sounds a little nicer), so they are most likely going to fire him.
My parents are going through this hard time in their life and this is when he decides to call them. And honestly the reason is irrelevant at this point. Even if they had a valid reason, the timing they chose was so inappropriate. Where is the compassion? This person knew exactly where my mom and dad were and decided to call at that time to share this news. The church leaders knew exactly what my parents were going through and decided to make this decision at this time. Completely wrong!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that this happened on Mother’s Day too! That’s pretty pathetic huh! And we wonder why those outside the church have no interest in God or the church!
Why do those in the church act like such jerks toward each other? Church people can be judgemental, rude, self-seeking, arrogant, and hypocritical. Honestly, church people today look and act just like the pharisees in the bible that Jesus condemned for being that way…he even called them “son’s of hell”. Those are some pretty strong words, which tells me that I’m not the only one that is bothered by this type of behavior from those who are in the church.
Now, I must say that every person in the church is not like this. I know of many in the church who are honest, loving, giving, and spend their lives striving to be just like Jesus. Unfortunately when the world looks at the church they usually see the wrong church people. And it is those people that hurt the church and keep people away from it.
It’s time for the church to act like the body of Christ. It’s time for those in the church who act that way and hurt the church to repent and turn to God. It’s time for those in the church who are living for God to call out those aren’t and let them know they need to change. We need to realize that the church is the body of Christ, so how we act in the church gives a reflection of Christ to the world. Right now the reflection we are projecting is pathetic and it’s time to do something about it.
If you are in the church and claim to follow God, then act like it!